Duron Carter(6'3", 206lbs) played in the CFL this season for the Montreal Alouettes. He caught 75 passes for 1,030 yards and 7 TDs this year and caught the attention of a lot of NFL teams. Last season he caught 49 passes for 909 yards and 5 TDs. Duron worked out for his father, Cris Carter's, old team the Minnesota Vikings today, and he told reporters they are the front runner for him. Carter bounced around mutiple schools during his college career including Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida Atlantic. He was academically ineligible his freshman year at Ohio State, causing him to miss the Rose Bowl. He went undrafted in 2013 and received a tryout with his dad's old team.
CFL wr duron carter told Minnesota reporters today he plans on visiting Washington. Per @GoesslingESPN and rest of Vikings reporters— John Keim (@john_keim) January 10, 2015
Duron Carter said the Vikings are his top choice after his meeting and workout with the team, and while the CFL All-Star can't sign with a team until Feb. 10, it seems like a distinct possibility he'll follow his father's footsteps with the Vikings. The 23-year-old still could visit the Carolina Panthers next week (depending on the team's playoff schedule), as well as the Cleveland Browns. He has also talked with the Washington Redskinsand San Francisco 49ers about visiting. But at the moment, Carter said, the Vikings and Indianapolis Colts are the front-runners for his services.
Carter, who went through a rookie minicamp tryout with the Vikings in 2013, has stayed in touch with receivers coach George Stewart and many of the team's receivers since then. On Friday, he worked out for the Vikings' front office and coaching staff, with everyone from general manager Rick Spielman to head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner in attendance.
The Redskins seem like a long shot to sign Carter, due to the high interest in him by multiple teams, and his preference to play for his dad's old team. The Redskins currently lack height at the wide receiver position with the tallest WRs/TEs being Leonard Hankerson(6 1 1/2"), Jordan Reed( 6' 2 1/2"), and Logan Paulsen(6' 4"). Two of those three players might not be with the team next year, with Hankerson a free agent and Paulsen overpaid and mistake-prone. Jordan Reed is a TE who can be used like a WR, but he has missed time in both of his NFL seasons.
Head Coach Jay Gruden and new GM Scot McCloughan both seem to prefer bringing in bigger players, and WR is an area that could use a size upgrade next season. The Redskins have Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts, and rookie Ryan Grant as their top 4 WRs going into next season, with Hankerson and veteran Santana Moss both free agents. Garcon's contract has caused speculation that he could be a trade candidate, but Jackson's name has also been mentioned.
Nothing has been scheduled between Carter and the Redskins, and they were mentioned as a possible next stop on his tour of NFL teams. He has worked out for the Colts, Vikings, and other teams, and has more teams lined up. Carter's not guaranteed to be successful in the league, but is an intriguing prospect, especially for a team lacking size, and with a coach who like big WRs to throw to(and throw to them often). Scot McCloughan is expected to make major changes to the Redskins in both the players currently on the roster, and the type of players brought into the team.